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Post by proud_army_wife » Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:47 pm


That was so neat. I love reading stories like that.

P.S. Scott said that he loved it too.

Post by LisaAnne » Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:05 pm

Cool story, Kat. Thanks for sharing. We all need to "put ourselves in the plate" - even if we do have $ to give too.

Giving everything

Post by Kat » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:27 am

The Collection Plate (a must read) This will touch your heart. Here is a
true story about a nine year old boy who lived in a rural town in
Tennessee . His house was in a poor area of the community. A church had a
bus ministry that came knocking on his door one afternoon. The kid came to
answer the door and greeted the bus pastor. The bus pastor asked if his
parents were home and the small boy told him that his parents take off
every weekend and leave him at home to take care of his little brother.
The bus pastor couldn't believe what the kid said and asked him to repeat
it. The youngster gave the same answer and the bus pastor asked to come in
and talk with him. They went into the living room and sat down on an old
couch with the foam and springs exposed. The bus pastor asked the kid,
"Where do you go to church? The young boy surprised the visitor by
replying, "I've never been to church in my whole life." The bus pastor
th ought to himself about the fact that his church was less than three
miles from the child's house. "Are you sure you have never been to
church?" he asked again. "I sure haven't", came his answer. Then the bus
pastor said,Well, son, more important than going to church, have you ever
heard the greatest love
story ever told?" and then he proceeded to share the Gospel with this
little nine year old boy. The young lad's heart began to be tenderized and
at the end of the bus pastor's story the bus pastor asked if the boy
wanted to receive this free gift from God. The youngster exclaimed, "You
bet!" The kid and the bus pastor got on their knees and the lad invited
Jesus into his little heart and received the free gift of salvation. They
both stood up and the bus pastor asked if he could pick the kid up for
church the next morning. "Sure," the nine old replied. The bus pastor got
to the house early the next morning and found the lights off. He let
h imself in and snaked his way through the house and found the little boy
asleep in his bed. He woke up the little boy and his brother and helped
get them dressed. They got on the bus and ate a don ut for breakfast on
their way to church. Keep in mind that this boy had never been to church
before. The church was a real big one. The little kid just sat there,
clueless of what was going on. A few minutes into the service these tall
unhappy guys walked down to the front and picked up some wooden plates.
One of the men prayed and the kid with utter fascination watched them walk
up and down the aisles. He still didn't know what was going on. All of a
sudden like a bolt of lightning it hit the kid what was taking place.
These people must be giving money to Jesus. He then reflected on the free
gift of life he had received just twenty-four hours earlier. He
immediately searched his pockets, front and back, and couldn't find a
thing to give Jesus. By thi s time the offering plate was being passed down
his aisle and with a broken heart he just grabbed the plate and held on to
it. He finally let go and watched it pass on down the aisle. He turned
around to see it passed down the aisle behind him. And then his eyes
remained glued on the plate as it was passed back and forth, back and
forth all the way to the rear of the sanctuary.Then he had an idea. This
little nine year old boy, in front of God and everybody, got up out of his
seat. He walked about eight rows back, grabbed the usher by the coat and
asked to hold the plate one more time. Then he did the most astounding
thing I have ever heard of. He took the plate, sat it on the carpeted
church floor and stepped into the center of it. As he stood there, he
lifted his little head up and said, "Jesus, I don't have anything to give
you today, but just me. I give you me!" I do love Jesus. He is my source
of existence and my Savior. He keeps me funct ioning each and everyday.
Without Him, I will be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing. With Him I can
do all things. Phil 4:13. NAILS DIDN'T